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My health insurance is through Kaiser and am wondering if anyone
has a recommendation for an optometrist that I can go to at any
of the nearby Kaiser locations (Oakland, Richmond, Walnut Creek,
I recommend Darlene Fong at the Oakland Kaiser. She is a
wonderful doc, she also teaches at UCB as well as her husband
Bob Dister, and she is a close family friend. Just tell her the
twins sent her!
Kaiser patients can be seen at UC Berkeley's Optometry Clinic
and the exam is much more thorough. Kaiser patients are seen
on Mondays. When you call the Kaiser appointment desk, just
tell them you would like your appointment to be at the
Optometry Clinic at UC. If you prefer to go to Kaiser, I know
Drs. Holcombe and Modlinski from Oakland are both good
I recommend Barbara Modlinski at Kaiser Oakland. She was very
thorough during my last two examinations and I felt very
comfortable with her. I have seen many optometrists over the
years - at Kaiser and elsewhere - and Dr. Modlinski is by far
and away the best eye doctor I have seen.
Kaiser Oakland has a cooperative agreement with the UC Berkeley
optometry clinic on campus. You need to call the Kaiser
optometry number to make an appointment. I have used them twice
and have had my (then) 10 and 7 year old sons seen. The exams
are given by 2nd and 3rd year optometry students and they are
supervised by a Kaiser Optometrist. I have found then to be very
thorough and conscientious. My younger son has some autism
related behaviour problems and they worked with that in a very
caring way. The clerical staff also have better people skills
than many of the standard Oakland staff.
On my second visit the examiner found a potential vascular
problem on one retina and after consultation with the supervising
optometrist I received an appointment with a Kaiser
opthalmologist within one week! Luckily it turned out to be
nothing of concern. For mycopayment I feel that I received the
same level of care that I would have gotten from the
''Doc-in-a-box'' at Costco for 4 times
the price who I used to see (and liked. He is a graduate of the
UCB program as well. Check them out. A little lagniappe,
parking is free.
I really like my Kaiser Oakland optometrist Dr. Tong (I forget
her first name). She's friendly, and she postponed doing the
test where she had to dilate my eyes while I was breastfeeding
(because of potential effect of the drug?) and then remembered
to have me do it after I stopped.
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